I'm looking for some ideas for routes around Arundel.
I've ridden there from London via the North Stoke/South Stoke valley connection crossing the river at the Gurkha Bridge, so i know it's a fantastic area to explore.
I would be riding a tourer with 700x28c tryes, but I'm not very precious about it and regularly take it off road, so provided the terrain is not too steep or too rough, I'll usually give it a go.
Any ideas for good bridleways or gravel routes to explore in that area?
What sort of distances from Arundel station?
You'll see when coming down on the train everything between Pulborough and Arundel is pretty much underwater (and there are not many tracks there anyway)
The area around Parham House is ok I hear.
If you rode over to Steyning you could use the Downs Link back towards London.
Details of other routes in the area can be found here...
I've just knocked up this route as an example. Are you using gravel tyres? Much of the suitability of the ups and downs would be the weather/tyre combination. I'd probsably go and ride this myself on my mtb before saying it was totally ok on 28's, I've ridden most of this route and walked the rest but the riding was on a MTB and I walked it some time ago and didn't give any thought to what it would be like to ride. But my best guess is that this would be rideable on 28 gravel tyres with a good positive mental attitude and I'm pretty sure none of it is more difficult than the section around the bridge over the Arun which I remember being pretty rutted with a lot of cows last time I walked it.
The woods up at Houghton Forest have lots of tracks, some are mtb specific (drops/jumps etc) but there's some flattish pine needle type stuff too.
I may give this a go in the next couple of weeks if I get the chance and then could give a more accurate assessment.
I wasn't planning on riding anything until the weather improves. I guess I'd be waiting for spring anyway.
I guess I'm usually fine for 60-90km rides from a central point, so 30-50km loops are OK.
Thanks for the link. I've done a route last year linking the Downs Link via approximately the route you suggested. Unfortunately I tried it on the hottest day of the year and ended up overheating so badly I was forced to bail on the way home!
I really enjoy these mixed trail rides.
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